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Concrete Window Well

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I need to put some railings round some concrete window wells around my home. I have recently put up a number of privacy walls on our decks out of cedar. do you think it is possible to some how bolt a 4x4 post or something to the concrete window well securely? then build out the railing? or is there aluminum railing or something too one could use and fasten securely to the window well?

I think that is my issue is how to secure whatever I choose to the concrete window well to prevent a kid from falling in there for example?

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Old 06-09-13, 06:54 AM
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More importantly, if these are egress windows, by code, you can't occlude them. Maybe if you could post a couple of pictures of the window and the area surround them, we can come up with a good idea. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...your-post.html
 
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Thanks for the quick reply.

I think i have one picture here and hopefully am attaching it correctly.

You are right and I should have explained further. Once i figure out how to get the railing attached I want to keep it away from the house a foot or so to allow someone to get out of the well if a fire or something occurred in the basement. I would do this on the side where we have some window well ladder built. if there were an easy/resonable way to put a gate in i could do that too i suppose.

Let me know what you think.
 
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Here is one more of a different well. this might be better.Name:  aa20130527_173312.jpg
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I would probably opt for a wrought iron or aluminum railing, mainly to keep the visual weight of the wall from detracting from the patio/deck. I don't think hiding the well is your intent, as you seem to be lining them. Attaching wrought iron directly to the top of the footing is a way to go, and where you have your egress ladder, make a section of railing with friction fit couplings so the railing can be pushed out in an emergency and it won't have to be crawled over. Just some ideas.
 
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You are right that we thought about lining them to put those ladders in. Looks nicer in the basement now too vs. like a prison.

We like the idea of wrought iron. How would you attach the wrought iron to the well?

Also, where can you buy this? I have looked at some of that standard size metal railing at the home centers in our area but it only comes in 36 or 48" lengths it seems (maybe longer but not the 42 lets say, that we need in this instance.
 
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It wouldn't be a bad DIY project IF you could find all the components. Even if you had to cut down some of the rails to fit, I think it would still look good. You can attach the feet with lead anchors and stainless steel lags.
 
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I haven't used lead anchors before but have used tapcon screws a lot with luck. could one use those or are the lead anchors a lot better especially for this application?
 
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Old 06-11-13, 02:18 PM
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Tapcons will be about 1/4" or so in size. I would like more "beef" in something with a possible lateral tug on it such as your railings. Lead anchors with lags will provide a little more bite into the concrete. Look at the holes on your bases. If they aren't more than a 1/4", the blessings on the tapcons
 
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Thanks again for the response.

I bought some 6" 5/16 galvanized screws which seem like they would be big enough what do you think?

Also the guy i talked to about them said to shoot some construction adhesive into the hole with them. what do you think about doing that? Seems like it couldn't hurt but if i ever wanted get them off it would be a lot more difficult.
 
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Old 06-18-13, 05:18 PM
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Oh, you won't get them out, but that's sort of the purpose, huh?? Don't consider the time you "may" have to remove them. The objective now is to get them in where they are sturdy. What "will" happen, hasn't.
 
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Thanks again for the reply.

are you saying you would shoot some construction adhesive into the hole or leave it out?

Do you think the 5/16 lag is big enough?
 
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Old 06-19-13, 11:01 AM
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Yes the adhesive will help not only with adhesion but help eliminate water intrusion and freezing water in the hole.
 
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